Wisconsin History

Arts & Culture
3:39 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Mary Nohl's Eccentric, Eclectic House to be Relocated to Sheboygan

Mary Nohl's artistic house will be relocated to Sheboygan.
Credit ribarnica, flickr

Tourists will soon have to travel to Sheboygan to take in the Mary Nohl's art, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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Food
10:49 am
Mon February 10, 2014

History With a Dollop of Applesauce: Meet the Potato Pancake Queen of Palmyra

Nate Chappell, Executive Chef of The Trout House, discusses the technique for grinding potatoes with Betty Betenz, who has passed her recipe along to the restaurant.
Mitch Teich

For almost seventy years, Betty Betenz of Palmyra has been the area’s unofficial Potato Pancake Queen.  Now into her tenth decade, Betenz has decided to make sure her iconic recipe remains a part of Wisconsin cuisine for years to come.  Lake Effect’s Mitch Teich explains:

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History
1:47 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

How Wisconsin's Biggest Living History Museum Wound Up in a State Forest

Schulz Farm at Old World Wisconsin
Wisconsin Historical Society

Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews author John Krugler about the history of Old World Wisconsin.

As the largest outdoor museum of rural life in the country, Old World Wisconsin demonstrates how our immigrant ancestors lived through heirloom gardens, antique machinery and painstakingly restored buildings.

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Arts & Culture
1:17 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Project Preserves Local Latina Voices

An event this evening explores why it's important to preserve the voices of Wisconsin's Latina activists.
Credit Somos Latinas Digital History Project

Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews Dr. Tess Arenas about the Somos Latinas Digital History project.

Across the country, the story of Chicana history is being collected in a project called "Somos Latinas," created by Chicanas Por Mi Raza.

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Education
3:20 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

'Cold War University': Protests, Policies Divided Madison Community

The University of Wisconsin in Madison struggled to find a balance between Cold War policies and its student protests.
Credit Phil Roeder/Flickr

Lake Effect's Rachel Bloom interviews author Matthew Levin.

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Arts & Culture
11:34 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Soldiers' Letters Illustrate Wisconsin's Military History

Soldiers' published letters in newspapers helped maintain and pass on Wisconsin's involvement in the Civil War.
Credit Wisconsin Historical Society Press, Tumblr

Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci speaks with John Zimm about the letters of Wisconsin's soldiers from the Civil War.

One family’s scrapbook became a powerful resource for Wisconsin’s involvement in the Civil War.

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Arts & Culture
10:00 am
Wed August 7, 2013

A Short Bright Flash: French Physicist's Lens Revolutionized Lighthouses

Point Reyes Lighthouse in San Francisco, Calif.
Credit vtsr/Flickr

As we mark National Lighthouse Day, we hear about the technology that saved lives and built empires.

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Regional
1:00 am
Thu August 1, 2013

State Fair Tradition Extends Back More Than 160 Years

An antique postcard captures an early image of fairgoers.
Credit Wisconsin State Fair

Kathleen O'Leary, a spokeswoman for the fair, shares some of the fair's historic highlights with WUWM's Ann-Elise Henzl

The annual Wisconsin State Fair begins in West Allis on Thursday.

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Arts & Culture
5:03 am
Thu July 18, 2013

At the End of Your Rope? Just Make More

Old World Wisconsin interpreter Dirk Hildebrandt demonstrates how our ancestors made a key piece of farm equipment.
Credit Gianofer Fields

Lake Effect's material culture contributor Gianofer Fields takes a trip to Old World Wisconsin to learn about rope-making.

When was the last time you found yourself in need of some reliable rope?

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Arts & Culture
5:04 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Walk Down the Streets of Time at the Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear

Local grocer H. Grafman was the museum namesake Avrum Chudnow's father-in-law.
Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear

Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews Steve Daily, director of the Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear located in Milwaukee.

The streets and shops of a Milwaukee gone by come back to life at a local museum.

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